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China safely soft-lands rover on the moon

Dec 14, 2013

China safely soft-lands rover on the moon

State media say China on Saturday evening safely carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. State television showed pictures of the moon’s surface as the Chang’e 3 lander touched down. The lander carries ...

Dec 5, 2013

Freshwater basins lie under seabed

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves beneath the ocean floor that could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia’s Flinders University, said that an estimated 500,000 cu. km of low-salinity water ...

China launches its first moon rover mission

Dec 2, 2013

China launches its first moon rover mission

China launched its first moon rover mission early Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. The Chang’e 3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1:30 a.m., the official broadcaster CCTV ...

Myanmar's No. 2 peak may actually be highest

Nov 25, 2013

Myanmar's No. 2 peak may actually be highest

Myanmar may have a new tallest mountain, though so far it seems quite happy with the old one. A U.S.-Myanmar mountaineering team trekked through jungles crawling with cobras, made a brief, illegal detour through Chinese-controlled Tibet and survived a terrifying 180-meter fall on their ...

Bird flu strain infects human for first time

Nov 14, 2013

Bird flu strain infects human for first time

A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman, a nasty surprise that shows scientists must do more to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak, doctors say. On a more ...

Indian rockets aim for space market

Nov 11, 2013

Indian rockets aim for space market

by Penelope Macrae

India’s bid to become the first Asian nation to reach Mars sets a new benchmark for frugal interplanetary travel and puts it in a perfect position to grab more of the $300 billion global space market, experts say. “Everyone wants to do low-cost missions ...

Indian mission to Mars blasts off

Nov 5, 2013

Indian mission to Mars blasts off

India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars orbiter take off from the east coast island of Sriharikota and ...

Nov 3, 2013

India starts Mars probe countdown

India began a countdown Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars that was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget. After a recent Chinese attempt flopped, India is seeking to ...

'Lost world' in Australia yields new species

Oct 28, 2013

'Lost world' in Australia yields new species

An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists Monday calling the area a “lost world.” Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and a National Geographic film crew were dropped by ...